Alleged child murderer remanded in custody

By Edward Gay

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A man alleged to have killed his partner's two-year-old child has been remanded in custody after breaching bail.

Michael Joseph Martin was to appear at the High Court at Auckland this morning but failed to show up when his case was called shortly after 9am.

Justice Timothy Brewer issued a warrant for Martin's arrest.

The 23-year-old mechanic from Mangere turned up later in the morning and was arrested by police.

He has been charged with murder and failing to provide the necessaries of life thereby committing manslaughter, after Leilani Mary-Jane Lotonu'u-Lorigan was found dead at a Manurewa home on June 9.

Martin has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will face a High Court trial next February.

Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins and Martin's lawyer Lorraine Smith made submissions to the court today but they cannot be reported for legal reasons.

However, APNZ can report that Martin was denied bail by Justice Timothy Brewer and was remanded in custody until next month when his case will be recalled.

- APNZ

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